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Minebox – A Personal Cloud Storage and Cryptocurrency “Miner”

1 Feb
2017

The Minebox project has been announced a while ago as an interesting solution that combines a NAS device for storing your own data with a blockchain powered cryptocurrency for storing other user’s data on your free and unused space and earning money for doing that. Minebox relies on affordable Enterprise grade hardware from HP, namely the HP MicroServer that we’ve covered before as an interesting choice in regards to use with SiaCoin and Storj for example. So we were not surprised that this project has decided to go for the particular hardware from HP and extend the base NAS functionality with support for SiaCoin (SC) “mining” by renting your currently unused space. It is definitely an interesting idea, buying hardware that you can use for file storage and at the same time it may even pay for itself thanks to renting the unused resources such as free hard drive space over time.

If Minebox picks up a lot os user interest and we believe that it has the potential to do so, then it might spark the interest in other companies that are specializing already in more feature rich NAS solutions to integrate blockchain-powered services as well as a part of their portfolio. We are talking about companies such as Asustor, Qnap, Synology and others that may decide to add support for their products to rent unused space and allow the owners of the hardware to get paid for that thanks to support for SiaCoin or Storj or maybe something else…

Minebox has announced that it will start a presale of the MineBox NAS hardware starting next week – February 6th, apparently using ShapeShift as a partner for the payment with Bitcoin and other altcoins. Though not much details about the presale or when the actual devices will start to ship is yet available, hopefully it will be soon. It is interesting to see if there will also be a software only solution also available for more advanced users that may be interested in building their own devices or adding it on existing HP Proliant Microservers they may own. So far it is more likely tha Minebox will be sticking to providing users with the complete solution of hardware and software together, though you should still be able to upgrade your initial hardware such as adding more hard drives for example.

Minebox 8TB Specifications:
– HP Model: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G1610T
– HP Model version: 819185-001
– Processor: Intel Celeron G1610T 2.4GHz
– Processor cores: 2 cores
– Cache Memory: 2MB (1x2MB) L3 cache
– Memory: 4GB (1x4GB) PC3L-128000E DDR3 UDIMM
– Network controller: HPE Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 332i Adapter
– Storage controller: HPE Dynamic Smart Array B129i Controller
– Hard Drive: 8TB (2x4TB) Western Digital Caviar Red
– Internal storage: 4 LFF NHP-SATA HDD CAGE
– PCI-Express slots: 1 standard (1-Low Profile) PCIe 2.0
– Power supply: 150W
– Fans: One (1) Non-redundant system fan ships standard
– Operating System: xOS 1.0
– Form factor: Ultra Micro Tower
– Warranty: 1-year parts
– Size: 23.8 x 45.6 x 47.9 cm

You can get more details about the Minebox project on its official website here…



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8 Responses to Minebox – A Personal Cloud Storage and Cryptocurrency “Miner”

Mario

February 1st, 2017 at 17:21

How could be this a “miner”?

admin

February 1st, 2017 at 17:25

Precisely why it is “Miner” and not Miner… essentially you are getting paid for renting hard drive space which is not the same as mining SiaCoin with GPU, but still with the device you are earning SC.

HH

February 2nd, 2017 at 02:07

yeah right just attach some hdd to your dedicated miner for storj, not that you will be making much…I have 5TB HDDs attached and max usage is a gb per.

grrr

February 2nd, 2017 at 09:36

How’s sia rental payout? Someone on sia forum says he never received payments after renting his fileserver for weeks.

admin

February 7th, 2017 at 12:28

It seems that the initially announced pre-sale starting date has been postponed, the new date should be revealed on February 13th according to the latest update on the official website…

Dem0n

February 13th, 2017 at 23:31

Sitting around all day waiting for their announcement/presale to start today and I haven’t seen or heard anything. Anyone else have any luck yet?

admin

February 14th, 2017 at 14:05

They have announced the new date: “The pre-sale campaign will start on 03/03/2017!”

Dem0n

February 14th, 2017 at 15:29

I’m starting to lose what little interest I had for this company. So far it’s been nothing but delays and sparse information out of them.

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